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« on: December 01, 2009, 08:44:30 PM »

Could anyone tell me what the Orthodox Churches relationship to the Polish National Catholic Church is?  I understand that they are very similar to Orthodoxy in their theology (except that they use a western liturgy and wafer communion, statues, etc..  Has their ever been an attempt at intercommunion with hem by any local Orthodox Church?
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2009, 08:32:56 PM »

There is none.  At one time there was an official Orthodox/PNCC Commission but it was dissolved.  Not sure why.  I suspect the PNCC had no desire to renounce their post-1054 but pre-Vatican I past, even while they reject the Western Councils after the Seven, IC, Papal Infallibility, Purgatory, etc.  They also have practices Orthodox don't approve of: married bishops, marriage after ordination, general absolution for adults without private confession, Sacred Heart devotion etc.  Also a large number of their priests are former RCC priests whose only problem with the RCC is their not allowing married priests, so probably not a big voice for unity with the Orthodox there.  I think one of their parishes did leave and join the AWRV.  St Augustine's in Denver?
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2009, 08:37:31 PM »

There is none.  At one time there was an official Orthodox/PNCC Commission but it was dissolved.  Not sure why.  I suspect the PNCC had no desire to renounce their post-1054 but pre-Vatican I past, even while they reject the Western Councils after the Seven, IC, Papal Infallibility, Purgatory, etc.  They also have practices Orthodox don't approve of: married bishops, marriage after ordination, general absolution for adults without private confession, Sacred Heart devotion etc.  Also a large number of their priests are former RCC priests whose only problem with the RCC is their not allowing married priests, so probably not a big voice for unity with the Orthodox there.  I think one of their parishes did leave and join the AWRV.  St Augustine's in Denver?

I don't think they were PNCC, but Anglican.  Their retired pastor, Fr. David blessed our parish with retiring here.  Memory Eternal!

I remember talking to Fr. Keiser about the PNCC, and yes, he was bewildered by what the problem was.  But he was sure the dissolution came from the PNCC side.
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2009, 09:05:11 PM »

I could be wrong.  Or perhaps they were Episcopal and went PNCC for a short stop-over before joining the AWRV?  It would be interesting to know what the Commission discussed and what the sticking points were.  I know with Rome the sticky wickets are all the former RCC priests that left, married, and became PNCC priests. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2009, 09:48:06 PM »

I could be wrong.  Or perhaps they were Episcopal and went PNCC for a short stop-over before joining the AWRV?

Possible, I don't know all the details.  There is someone from that parish at our parish, but he is back in Denver for the holidays.  If I remember, I'll ask him.

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It is interesting that when the Greek Orthodox hierarchy failed in Norway, the now Nordic Catholic Church went to the PNCC.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2009, 04:15:14 PM »

In 1920 several Parishes in Poland were received into the Orthodox Church as WRO Parishes. More here.
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